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UK Government awards £25 million to fund innovations for net-zero transport

The Government has awarded £25 million to fund innovations to decarbonise transport in the UK.

  • 15 May 2019
  • Rachel Cooper

The Government has awarded £25 million to fund innovations to decarbonise transport in the UK.

The investment will benefit 22 projects in total and is a key part in the government’s efforts toward developing a net zero economy.

The support for these projects is key to the delivery of the government’s modern Industrial Strategy’s Future of Mobility Grand Challenge and the Road to Zero Strategy, both of which aim to put the UK at the forefront of the design and manufacturing of zero emission vehicles.

Future of Mobility Minister Jesse Norman said: “The government continues to invest in technologies and innovation that help the UK to a zero emission future. This is a central part of our Future of Mobility Grand Challenge.”

Last week, the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) released a new report which called for the UK to be net zero by 2050. The report said that this new target will not be achievable without policy being significantly ramped up.

The Government’s current policy is for the sale of all petrol and diesel vehicles to be banned by 2040. However, environmentalists have called for this to be bought forward if the UK is to remain on track to meet targets set at the Paris Agreement.

Greg Clark, Business Secretary, said: “These exciting new projects, from Liverpool to Slough, are powering the future of zero emission vehicles and through our modern Industrial Strategy. Investments like these will also enable us to realise our commitment for all new cars and vans to be effectively zero emission by 2040.”

The Government’s ambition is for all new cars and vans to be effectively zero emission by 2040. The number of ultra-low emission vehicles on UK roads is at record levels, with around 200,000 ultra-low emission vehicles registered in the UK.

Last month, the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan introduced the Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) in central London. This is a daily charge which applies to all vehicles which applies to vehicles that do not meet the new emission standard (petrol vehicles that do not meet Euro 4 standards and diesel vehicles that do not meet Euro 6).

Interested in learning more about the future of urban mobility? Join us in London for the Climate Innovation Forum (CIF) 2019, to hear from Iain Macbeth, Head of Foresight at Transport for London (TfL) for the latest insights on driving the zero-carbon mobility revolution.